The 53rd annual Festival of the Arts will commence at Bicentennial Park in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, April 23 until Sunday, April 28, 2019. Each year, Festival of the Arts captivates the crowds with live performances on three stages, 144 visual artists, and delectable food dishes to satisfy every craving. Without doubt, there is something for everyone at Festival of the Arts.

Featured Artist

“Born in a Day” was created by Julie and Kevin Zuckerman to honor the great state of Oklahoma and legacy of the Native American population. The main image was inspired by the Great Eagle Feather and Olive Branch from the state flag. The background color represents the state wildflower, the Indian Blanket. The other vibrant colors honor the pride of the community such as the Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma City Dodgers, Oklahoma City Energy, etc. Finally, the symbolism of the painting is to be bright, be bold, and make a difference in your community.

Low-Cost Options

Festival is free for everyone! Browse the 144 various artists booths and check-out live performances on three stages throughout each day of Festival for no charge. Low-cost options include:

  • Mustard’s Last Stand: You don’t have to break the bank to get a tasty meal at Festival. Mustard’s Last Stand is located on South Food Row and offers tasty Festival favorites for $3 or less.
  • Pottery Place: Brought to you by Collin Rosebrook and the artisans of Paseo Pottery, you can learn how to make your own work of art for as little as $5.
  • Face Painting: Open to all ages, this iconic festival highlight is hosted by Bricktown Clowns. Prices range from $1- $15 depending on the complexity of the design.

Children’s Options

  • Creation Station: Children and adults are welcome to participate in creating this free, larger-than-life, masterpiece located on the west lawn of City Hall.
  • Young-at-Art Mart: Located near Creation Station, this exclusive art tent is only open to children ages 5-12. Children are encouraged to purchase artwork of their choice. Prices range from $0.50 to $5. It’s never too early to start an art collection. Only one piece per child, please.
  • Children’s Art Field: Located on the west lawn of City Hall, children ages 3-12 may create three different art projects for $3 total.

Please Leave Your Pets At Home

Even for humans, Festival is a sensory smorgasbord. From delicious food to head banging rock concerts… the sights, sounds and smells of Festival are often overwhelming and can cause unnecessary anxiety for our furry friends. Pet owners are encouraged to use caution when considering taking your pet to large, crowded events. There may be foods and drinks that are dangerous or toxic for animals, including certain sweets and alcoholic beverages. And, the noises from the large concert stages are often too loud for your pet’s sensitive ears. It’s for these significant reasons that no pets are allowed on Festival grounds, other than service animals in compliance with the American Disabilities Act.

Info And Festival Headquarters

Have questions? Need directions? Lose your group? Go to Headquarters on Colcord Drive for all of your Festival needs.

Festival Hours

11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday

Festi-First kicks off at 7:30 am and opening ceremonies at 11 am on April 23, 2019.

All proceeds from Festival of the Arts support Arts Council Oklahoma City’s year-round, free and low-cost arts programming throughout the greater Oklahoma City community. Hope to see you there!

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at